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I had a great time talking with people who road the MARC train between Brunswick and Harper’s Ferry. I finally found the book I was looking for all weekend to confirm some alleged Brunswick “facts” I imparted on the public. Here are a few of them:

Did you know that –

Brunswick was named Berlin at the time the B&O built a depot there?

Between Point of Rocks and Harper’s Ferry there were only two small towns: Berlin and Knoxville?

In 1832, Harper’s Ferry was a city of about 3,000 inhabitants?

In 1834, B&O began railroad service to Harper’s Ferry?

By 1859, there were two passenger trains a day between Baltimore and Wheeling named the Wheeling Express, running at a speed of between 30 and 35 mph?

All this and more can be found in the book “The Railroad Came – and a Special Community Grew in Brunswick, Md.” by Peter Maynard published in 2008.  It is an interesting little book which reads more like a journal and provides some delightful insight to the special relationship between the Harper’s Ferry and Brunswick.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened its doors! While there was hope that the gallery would have some appeal here with its Victorian/Steampunk theme, expectations were exceeded.

September 2011

Steam at Harper’s Ferry held its first exhibit featuring artist Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards. Despite seemingly endless problems the week before, the reception went off without a hitch!

October 2011

Steam “officially” opened to the public on October 1, the first day of Railroad Days in Brunswick, MD. There was a Freedom Run early in the morning and those dedicated runners slogged through the rain-soaked streets and pathways. Our very first sale occurred this month. There was also an unexpected snow storm which caused the power to go out and significant tree damage.

November 2011

Steam started selling woodblock prints made on the premises. Jason Edwards, Steam’s Resident Artist, made “3D” prints of his character “Octoboy.”

December 2011

Busy, busy, busy! The 41st Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit and the weather cooperated!

January 2012

Things start to slow down in Harper’s Ferry in January, but we were open every weekend that month. The fireplace was on all … the … time.

February 2012

Musician Jonah Knight performed on acoustic guitar to a standing room only crowd, despite the cold weather. Jonah will be back on November 29 with his “Creepy Christmas” tunes.

March 2012

The Appalachian Trail Anniversary celebration was held this month. The Steampunk Travel exhibit opened with fine cabinetry work by Pith Helmet Provisions. The reception spilled out onto the stairway and throughout the town. Pith Helmet Provisions is comprised of members of The Steampunk Family who will have a Steampunk Stroll through the Lower Town on December 9 at 2 pm.

April 2012

This month was filled with preparations for the first Art Walk starting at Bolivar and ending in Harpers Ferry’s lower town. Next year’s Art Walk will be held on April 27 and 28.

May 2012

Author John W. Lamb talked about his book, “A Strange Engine of War” this month. Steam has his book available for sale. I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair.

June 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit opened this month. This was the first time that we had posters made featuring art shown in the Gallery. It was also the first exhibit we had with five artists showing their work.

July 2012

This month, Steam announced plans for an arts-related business series.

August 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit closed and the “Steampunk Leisure” call to artists was announced.

September 2012

The Steampunk Leisure exhibit opened and we are holding our first “Shameless Steam” event today with Hannah Ehlman, Larry Gillick and Cynthia Gayton presenting.

We’ve had visitors from as far away as Brazil and as close as Brunswick (well, even closer if your count upstairs and up the street!). It has been great fun talking about Harper’s Ferry’s Victorian Past and introducing people to Steampunk.

Thank you, everyone, for your support! We look forward to this coming year!

 

 

 

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That was the question for the evening at our pre-opening reception. Did I do a good job explaining? Probably not, but I handed out some literature in the form of the newspaper from the Steampunk World’s Fair held on May 20-22, 2011 and did my best elevator pitch.  The more I learn, the harder it is to explain.  From now on, I’ll have to say that it is an experience and leave it at that. No. My pitch has to improve.

It had been a frustrating week trying to get everything together. But, in the end, it was great to have a chance to meet and talk to people in advance of the “official” opening. Both featured artists were there – Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards which was wonderful.

Our opening is October 1, during the weekend of Brunswick, Maryland’s 28th Annual Railroad Days!  There will be an excursion train running between Brunswick and Harper’s Ferry on both days.  I understand that tickets will be available in Harper’s Ferry at the Tenfold Fair Trade shop as well as in Brunswick.

I visited the Brunswick Railroad Museum a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised with it. The best part was the model railroad. A Harper’s Ferry addition is in progress.

It’s a good time. I recommend the event highly.  After you visit Harper’s Ferry, of course.

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